Well picked up my car today. Time to get motor, tranny, and everything else i can get on her that wont mess with painting her on it now. While im doing that hes gonna work on dog-house, hood and doors, so when i take it back he can put the rest back together and paint!! Hope you like heres some pics. they are randomly takin from the first time i went to his house after he started the work till i brought it home today. He had it one year almost to the day.
Nice, Gotta be a great feeling to have her home where she belongs again. Looks like your bodyman/painter knows what he's doing. Way more metal work than I would feel comfortable with.
Anyhow, your car looks great. (66"s are my fav) I am building a 67 right now myself, but going a slightly different route.
Thnx guys , yea hes been doing it a long long time!! I cant argue with the price either. He basically charged me $40 bucks an hour. Since i had it all torn down when i he came and seen it he gave me an estimate against his better judgement. (Caught him at the right time he was slow) So i got everything you seen in the pictures done for $7500!! He has 100 hours in it he didnt charge me for because hes honoring his word. Hes a great guy ive known him for awhile now. Well the Dog-house, doors, hood and prep and paint job he esitmated at another $5500. So with all thiongs considered for that amount of work to be completed 13K I dont think is that much. I mean its alot of money for sure but not for the work he did.
There was one smal problem. the pass side rear body mount in the trunk is off. I think he put the trunk in at a slight angle, which you cant see by the nakkid eye. but when we went to mount her on the frame we had to shim that mount like a 1/2 inch. He thinks the panel was damaged or stamped wrong. It was the complete one piece trunk. I dont think it was, but considering everything he put together on this im more then happy living with that minor of an error. Amazingly every other body mount lined up completely perfect! Including that one. It was just a 1/2 off.
We do have to do some reshimming though. The pass side from the level ground to wheel well opening sits rougly that 1/2 in difference. So any tips on what can be done to correct this? I mean you cant tell unless you get out a tape measure or climb under and look at the body mount. Whos gonna do that??
Was all of the body work performed with the body off the frame? That my guess as to why you have the errors you do, I tried to put a 5 peice trunk in my 67 with it off the frame and it turned out all messed up. But the car does still look amazing. Congrats
Yes it was and its only i error not errors. Everything lines up perfectly with the mount holes. Its just like i said the one mount is shimmed 1/2 inch. I think for whatever reason he had that trunk off that 1/2 when he tacked it in. I guess there was no way to really tell until he got it on the frame.
You should see the stuff he had to do to make this thing go together, amazing stuff! But that much aftermarket stuff your gonna have misalignments. Im more then happy.
Just thought id ask if anyone every cam across something like this.
Thnx Fred. But i gotta laugh 8 years good progrssion? LOL Well it ws only at my body guys for a year.
The way I see it is id rather take me time and do it the way i want it the FIRST time. If it takes longer, then it takes longer. When this is done im going to enjoy it, no starting another project to upgrade or change something because i went cheaper or easier the first time. Not to insult anyone that went this route. I just felt taking longer and doing it the way i want it was the way to go. But that may not always fit someones bill. Oh and believe me its a BIG bill!!
Well something to keep in mind. Since he gave me the quote he honored it. but he did put 100 extra hours in it getting everything to line-up and fit. Like i said he did ALOT of work. There was also an added cost of roughly 600 bucks, I ended up getting a donor rear deck lid. Mine was toast. (The part that holds the trunk hinges and kinda goes behind rear seat) So he id some work on that and installed it but it wasnt part of the original quote. So thats roughly 55 more hours he didnt charge me for. Luckily i knew him for a long time. 55 hours comes out to another $2200 bucks! Which like i said he didnt charge me for. But hes enjoyed alot of beer on me over the course of the year. Every time I went over i brought him a case of beer. Just the little things that make a guy go the extra mile for ya.
Also keep in mind $40 bucks an hour is pretty reasonable. Ive seen guys charged alot more. I seen and heard guys get better breaks and get it cheaper per hour. I had a guy that was gonna do it for $20 bucks an hour. i was hyped!! Only to see some of the work he had done.....it was ok but i wasnt thrilled. But the guy that ended up doing it ws busy at the time. I waited over a year for him. It was worth it.
In the end i went with a better more expeirenced guy. That was the key. It costs more but you see the end result. That was ALOT of metal to piece together and to see how it turned out...i knew i made the right choice!!
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